The Family Table
Feeding the Faith of LEFC Families
TFT: The Grey Havens
June 19, 2023
Dear LEFC Parents,
Here are some items on the agenda for the days ahead:
The Gospel Project at Home
Today’s Bible Study is “Joash Wanted to Obey God” (Volume 5: Unit 14: Session 1). Ask your kids what they learned in children’s church this morning and/or do the family devotional you can find at this link.
Snack and Yack
Snack and Yack will continue throughout Pastor Matt’s sabbatical. When the auditorium empties after worship, girls and boys (grades 3-7) who listened to the sermon (remember to fill out a handout!) are invited to Pastor Matt’s office for a tasty treat and a brief discussion with one of the LEFC elders (and sometimes guest preachers?!) about the message. Parents, if you would like to help host the discussion by providing the snack, see Holly Crumrine to get involved.
Save the Date for Family Bible Week!
Family Bible Week will start on July 10th this summer! Make sure to mark your calendar, arrange your work schedule, and schedule your vacation with it in mind. See Holly Crumrine to get involved.
And for Dessert…
The Grey Havens is a singer-songwriter husband-wife duo celebrating 10 years of storytelling through music. Our family first heard them when they were starting (easy to remember because our oldest son attended a house concert with us asleep in his car seat). We continue to enjoy their joyful, honest, and creative storytelling. A good example is their song “Train Station”, telling about the free gift of love and redemption God offers us, available through his sacrifice.
Their name is a reference from The Lord of the Rings to the elvish city beyond the ocean where elves go instead of dying. Their style of worship and evangelism follows Tolkein’s, using metaphor and stories to convey deeper truths about life, God, and our relationship with him. Their EP remains my favorite, Where Eyes Don’t Go (available on YouTube Music, Spotify, and Apple Music), but I’ve been enjoying their more recent Blue Flowers album too.
If you check out their website, you can find a link to a free streaming concert they’re performing this weekend that’s available to view through June 21st. We sure hope to watch! I also discovered through their website that they’ve launched a podcast: another resource to check out! AND, if you find that you enjoy their first album, especially the song “Gray Flowers”, there’s a children’s book to go along with it. We own it and love it – colorful, simple storytelling with a message about love, grace, and redemption. We hope this is a blessing to your whole family.
Holly Crumrine, 2023 Family Ministries Coordinator
EXPLAINER: THE GOSPEL PROJECT AT HOME
For the last several years, our Children’s Church ministry has utilized The Gospel Project as our Bible study curriculum. The Gospel Project is really excellent–it takes our Little Learners and Bible Explorers chronologically through the whole Bible over the course of three years while always focusing on Jesus as the center of the big story. If your student was in Little Learners or Bible Explorers this morning, they received a coloring page and take-home sheet that corresponds to this lesson. You have also been given a full-color Big Picture Card that you can use to reinforce the lesson with your child, as well.
To reinforce what your kids are learning each week in Children’s Church, you can now access The Gospel Project At Home online. Each week in this email, there will be a link to follow to get this free resource which includes:
1. A guide to using the Gospel Project at Home.
2. Scripture to read and discuss with a recap video of the Bible Story (Preschool and/or Elementary).
3. Scripture memory verses and a song to sing together.
4. Prayer prompts and family activities that correspond to the lesson.
Please consider setting aside at least 10-15 minutes once a week for a family devotional time using this resource as a guide. We are hoping The Gospel Project At Home will help keep all of our LEFC kids “on the same page,” and feed their faith in Jesus.
This might be especially helpful if for some reason your child has to miss a week of Children’s Church. You can show them the Bible story video to keep them up to speed on what the other children are learning.
**Note: The first time you access the link, you will need to register a free account with Lifeway’s Ministry Grid. This will also provide you ongoing access through the “training” tab to many other discipleship resources including the Gospel Project at Home for previous weeks. Many hours of excellent things to absorb for free!